Described by the New York Times as the “the gold standard of Baroque trumpet playing in this country”, John Thiessen performs 17th to 19th century clarino repertoire on period and modern instruments. He appears regularly as soloist and principal trumpet with North America’s foremost early music ensembles, including Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Handel & Haydn Society. Internationally, Mr. Thiessen has performed under maestros Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nicholas McGegan, Ton Koopman, Jordi Savall, William Christie, Andrew Parrott and the late Christopher Hogwood, and ensembles English Baroque Soloists, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Taverner Players, and The Academy of Ancient Music. On the modern trumpet, he has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, and guest Principal Trumpet with the Orchestra of St Luke’s. 2016-17 season highlights include J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with Handel & Haydn Society, Mass in B Minor and Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt, Jeptha and Solomon with Trinity Baroque, Purcell’s Fairy Queen at Tanglewood, and Rameau’s Le Temple de la Gloire and Les Indes Galantes in San Francisco and NY respectively. Mr. Thiessen holds degrees in Trumpet Performance from the Eastman School of Music and Musicology from King’s College, University of London, and has presented master classes for the International Trumpet Guild, The Juilliard School, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Toronto’s Glenn Gould School, UT Austin, UNT Denton, USC and LSU. He serves on the faculties of Juilliard’s Historical Performance department, the American Bach Soloists Academy and Oberlin College’s Baroque Performance Institute. His approach to teaching focuses primarily on rhetorical issues associated with 17th to 19th Century trumpet music, and their connections between the instrument, religion, the court and society. Mr. Thiessen has recorded over 70 CDs for Sony Classical Vivarte, Telarc, EMI, BMG, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, London Decca, Analekta, CBC, Tafelmusik Media, Denon and Little Pumpkin Records, including major works by Bach, Handel, Purcell, Vivaldi, Biber, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.